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Community Action Dacorum receives the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service


Community Action Dacorum (CAD), the CVS Charity based in Hemel Hempstead, has been honoured with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK. The award has been received for their work in overcoming barriers and improving the quality of life and wellbeing for individuals and community groups.


Community Action Dacorum provides a wide range of services and support aimed at helping local community groups of all types and underprivileged and disadvantaged individuals throughout the area. This award is a fitting recognition of the major part played by the over 150 dedicated volunteers who work alongside the 50 full and part time staff to make up the Charity’s team in delivering the organisation’s services.


CAD is one of 281 charities, social enterprises and voluntary groups to receive the prestigious award this year. The number of nominations and awards has increased year on year since the awards were introduced in 2002, showing that the voluntary sector is thriving and full of innovative ideas to make life better for those around them.


The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service aims to recognise outstanding work by volunteer groups to benefit their local communities. It was created in 2002 to celebrate the Queen’s Golden Jubilee.  It is recognised as the MBE for voluntary groups. Winners are announced each year on 2 June – the anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation. Award winners this year are wonderfully diverse.  In addition to CAD, other recipients include volunteers helping people overcome mental health problems through sport, volunteers using caravans as mobile cafe/information centres in geographically remote locations and another group mentoring children who have a parent in prison.


Representatives of Community Action Dacorum will receive the award from Mr Robert Voss, CBE, Lord-Lieutenant of Hertfordshire, at a ceremony and reception later this summer. The Charity will receive an engraved glass Trophy and a Certificate signed personally by HM The Queen.


Colin Gage, Chair of Trustees of Community Action Dacorum said:

“We are thrilled and extremely proud to receive this prestigious award in recognition of the hard work, commitment and expertise shown by all our staff and volunteers in serving our local community. It is a well-deserved tribute to their dedication and expertise, and they have the appreciation and gratitude of everyone involved with the charity, including its stakeholders, its beneficiaries and the trustees.”


Further details can be obtained from Colin Gage, Chair of CAD on Colingage@Compuserve.com, or

Simon Aulton, CEO of CAD on simon@Communityactiondacorum.org.uk telephone 01442 253935